Aligned-self means heading in a strong direction because your values, beliefs, sense of identity and purpose in life are all working together. This technique helps you achieve or reclaim that state. We say “reclaim” because many people complain of falling out of alignment for various reasons. Self-alignment creates a wonderful snowball effect, in which the more you are aligned, the better your results are in life, and the more you are able to align because of the positive feedback, empowerment, and support that results. This technique uses Dilts’ logical levels.
Select a resource.
What would help you in becoming more aligned in your values, beliefs, sense of identity and purpose in life? What would make you feel more purposeful or hopeful? States such as calm resolve, creative joy and appreciation of developing mastery systematically are good candidates.
Create visual space anchors for each neurological level.
Select a visual space for each of what will become six anchors: environment, behaviors, beliefs and values, capabilities, identity, and spirituality.
Focus on each space, exploring how it will contribute to your alignment.
Start at the highest level (spirituality) and work your way down.
a. Focus on the environmental space. Ask, “When and where do I wish to express X (the resource you selected)?”
b. Focus on the behavior space. Ask, “What behaviors will help me express X in those times and places (from the previous step)?”
c. Focus on the capabilities space. Ask, “What capabilities will help me express X in the form of those behaviors in those times and places?”
d. Focus on the beliefs and values space. Ask, “What beliefs and values will help me express X through these capabilities, the feed those behaviors at those times and places?” You are asking as to what beliefs and values will support you and direct you toward your highest goals, as well as what is meaningful and valuable about the capabilities from the previous step.
e. Focus on the identity space. Ask, “What kind of person has these beliefs and values? What kind of person expresses X?”
f. Physically stand in the physical space. Ask, “What is my overarching purpose in life? What is my life mission?” Take some time to verbalize these thoughts, but without becoming mired in creating the perfect mission statement.
From the bottom (behavior) step into each space working up. Enhance the state of each space, and carry it into the next space.
a. Enhance this spiritual space by amplifying and enriching the state. Take that state with you as you step back into the identity space.
b. Enhance the sense of identity. Notice how the spiritual state helps you do this as you experience your sense of identity and highest values or meaning and purpose (spirituality) at the same time. Take the identity and spiritual states with you as you step into the capability space.
c. Enhance your sense of capability. Notice how the spiritual and identity states support this sense of capability. Take that state with you as you step back into the beliefs and values space.
d. Enhance your sense of beliefs and values. Sense how your spirituality, identity, and capability states contribute to your beliefs and values. Bring this state to the behavior space.
e. In the behavior space, enhance your potential for taking action. Notice how your spirituality, identity, capability, and beliefs and values support this kind of action. Notice how the spiritual state puts you in connection with the universe and humanity. Discover how your sense of identity puts the behavior in the context of who you are as a person. See how your capability state puts more power into your action potential. Finally, see how your beliefs and values give meaning and importance to this behavior. Take all these levels into your environment space.
f. In the environmental space, explore how all the preceding levels support your ability to harmonize with the context of the behavior, as well as to derive resources from the context. Resources can be as airy as inspiration, or as palpable as concern about upsetting the boss.
Take time for integration.
Spend some time experiencing all of these levels blending into a superstate. Notice any new insights, ideas, or scenarios coming to mind. Keep an open focus so that these thoughts can flow through as you process this new experience.
Imagine moving through life with this state engaged. Notice ways that you are more aligned in these future scenarios. In the coming days or weeks, notice any ways that you are more direct and empowered in pursuing meaningful goals, or in developing or changing your goals.